For Purpose is Ireland’s not-for-profit graduate programme.

For Purpose was established to provide a cohesive and unified graduate programme for the not-for-profit sector in Ireland in order to attract, mentor and develop the future leaders of the sector. The programme connects not-for-profit organisations with talented graduates who are searching for purpose in their careers and the chance to make an impact on civil society.

For Purpose offers graduate traineeships across a range of careers paths from fundraising and communications to social care, housing development, finance and more.

Have a look below at our team, mentors, and advisory panel to find out more about us!


Expert mentors with a depth of experience in their careers and in the not-for-profit sector provide one-to-one mentoring sessions to graduate trainees on the For Purpose programme.

Philip Regan

Philip is an Associate of 2into3, consulting on all aspects of organisational capacity building for not-for-profit organisations.

Tony Geoghegan

Tony is the former Chief Executive of Merchants Quay Ireland, Drugs and Homeless Services.

Fergal O’Sullivan

Fergal O’Sullivan is the Head of Recruitment at 2into3 and previously served as the CEO of the Coeliac Society.

Neil Bolton

Neil has over 20 years’ experience in social housing, gained in both the UK and Ireland.

Dennis O’Connor

Dennis is the director of 2into3 and co-founder of For Purpose. He has been consulting not-for-profit organisations since 2006

Lucy Durack

Lucy is currently Head of Development at Chester Beatty. Lucy has extensive experience in fundraising and is also an alumnus of the For Purpose programme.

Advisory Panel

For Purpose is guided by an advisory panel comprised of not-for-profit leaders, HR experts and former graduate trainees. The advisory panel was established to ensure that For Purpose is relevant to the needs of both the not-for-profit sector and graduates and also to determine the programmes vision and aims.

Elizabeth Bolger

Elizabeth is the Director of Programmes with The Wheel. Elizabeth brings a valuable insight into the not-for-profit sector’s requirements for graduates.

Philip Regan

Philip is an associate of 2into3 consulting not-for-profit organisations on their HR strategies. Philip provides a wealth of experience in HR to the panel.

Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin works on the Corporate Partnerships team in Focus Ireland. Kevin was a graduate trainee on the For Purpose programme in 2015 with Focus Ireland and brings a graduate perspective to the panel